At school we are ‘Losers’ [Translated here]
Fostering the Ability to Think Critically is Difficult with the Korean Education Process.
“Sharing information among foreign teachers”, Teacher association launched this year
At an English Cafe, playful conversation with the teacher
Kudos to the Hankyoreh for taking the time to look at the concerns of foreign teachers regarding the classroom. Yes, the Weekly Chosun also looked at such concerns back in August, but this was marred by them giving equal space to Lee Eun-ung, the manager of Anti-English Spectrum. It should be noted that the Hankyoreh stands as one of the only newspapers that has not given Anti-English Spectrum a platform.
Years ago I read a friend's copy of Lynda Barry's "Girls and Boys," pictured above (from here), which was my introduction to her work. Over the past few decades she has done more narrative style work, but this early collection of individual strips was published in a 9x5 inch book similar to the type The Far Side or Garfield strips were collected in. Seeing as such books collected humorous strips, it was a shock to see pieces in her book that weren't funny at all - often the opposite. My immediate reaction reaction was along the lines of "...does not compute." I could pretend to feel the same way about the cartoons in this Hankyoreh article:
"Do this today, OK?"
That seeing positive cartoons in a Korean newspaper about foreign English teachers would result in a response of " ....does not compute001001001100..." wouldn't be surprising, seeing as every other newspaper cartoon about foreign English teachers I've seen has been negative...
(Does this comment on stereotypes, or contribute to them?)
..or exaggerate certain facial characteristics...
Neither of these characteristics are on display in the Hankyoreh cartoons:
It's nice to see the concerns of the vast majority of foreign teachers being dealt with, instead of sensationalizing the crimes and cultural insensitivity of the minority.